A list of the common iphone 3G defects

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by kewlio, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. kewlio macrumors newbie

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    I'm sorry if this has already been posted before, i did do a search. From reading the forums it seems that some iphones have some defects with them and need to be taken back. Before I buy one, i wanted to have a list of the common defects so I can check my iphone at the store to make sure that mine is perfect :). I believe this list will be useful to others as well. From reading the forums, here are the ones that I found. If you know of one that is not in this list, post it and I'll add it to this post. thanks. :apple:

    1. yellow screen (mixed)
    2. dead pixels
    3. loose buttons
    4. speaker issues
    5. dust in screen
     
  2. Hello77 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I know it's a bit late to add something here as I'm sure you have your new iphone by now. But thought it may help others...

    I am one of the unluckiest iPhone owners and Apple had to replace my iPhone 3 times and still has cosmetic defects.

    I had the following cosmetic defects:
    1) light leakage between rubber seal and chrome bezel
    2) marks/scratches near the speakers
    3) dead pixels

    and with my current 3rd replacement iPhone:
    1) scratches on the plastic area surrounding the camera which is seal with clear plastic
    2) dent on the back
    3) a small bump
    4) a small black mark that can't be cleaned or removed
    5) marks on the ring/silent button

    See the attached photos....

     

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  3. hrag525 macrumors member

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    hey man i feel ya

    hey man i feel ya. i have the backlight coming through my sides. i had some weird scratches on mine. i even had mine crack without droping it once. i take care of my phone and i know some ppl might say it had to have happened somehow but i dunno how. i got it replaced and im on my second black 16 3g. i think they took a very poor step into making these iphones. dont get it me wrong i love my phone.:apple:

    im just saying they could have made things ALOT better, since its probably or close to being the best phone out there.:(
     
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  5. sk8mash macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed.
     
  6. RTiii320 macrumors 6502a

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    my "copy & paste feature" is defective, it doesnt work at all!:p
     
  7. Woogaloo macrumors newbie

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    Disagree...

    For the amount you pay for the phone, you don't want something sub par. You don't buy a brand new car with minor exterior and interior problems do you? Or an iMac that had a loose hinge?
     
  8. cgentry macrumors member

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    Agreed.
    The iPhone 3G, while a great phone, wasn't put together as well as other Apple products, in my opinion. Too many "minor" defects to make it an outstanding Apple product... Yet.
     
  9. Rat-Boy macrumors 65816

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    That's right.

    How dare we want a phone with no physical and limited operation defects after paying $400 for it.

    The nerve of us.
     
  10. sk8mash macrumors 6502a

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    I agree, if the screen or buttons dont work, by all means take it back, but come on...taking the device back because the backlight shines through the BACK of the phone? Or because of a small scratch on the side of the mute button?
     
  11. reliantj macrumors 6502

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    that's bullcrap.
    we pay all this money for half ass product.
    goddamnit.
     
  12. uiop. macrumors 68020

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    These jokes got old a while ago...

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    My only physical defect with the phone is that the finish on the upper left corner has lost it's shine. This is only because of the way I slid it into my pocket, so Apple would tell me to eff off since it's my fault. :p

    I am impressed with the quality of the iPhone/iPhone 3G though. Imagine if LG or Samsung made this phone. The screen would be cheap plastic, it would scratch easily, the buttons on the device wouldn't have the solid feel the iPhone's does when pressed, the seems all over the phone would creak and be uneven, etc. I played with my friend's LG Vu today...the quality of materials and build doesn't even compare. It's the little details that make it Apple's product.
    Having a grain of dust under the screen or a light leak on the front of the phone is a very small anomaly for the iPhone. As for the scuff/black mark, that would be an issue caused by the user. If they were there when purchased, it should have been exchanged right then and there.
     
  13. slate1 macrumors regular

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    8) Insanely asinine posters...

    We all have every right to demand that these $300 devices are cosmetically and functionally perfect...

    ... reliantj, however, may need to step back, relax, and have a drink!
     
  14. UCLAkers macrumors member

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    anybody else experiencing an increase in the echo/static sounds when you're talking on the phone when it loses 3G and goes straight to EDGE with full reception? actually, nevermind losing 3G. say it's 3G is completely turned off. anyone experiencing echo/static when talking to someone? again, it seems to happen under what appears to be full EDGE reception.

    I'm not one to justify an exchange of an iphone cause of one spec of dust under the screen or anything like that, but does this warrant an exchange? would it even help or is that just the quality of EDGE in certain spots in LA after 3G got significantly better after the 2.1 firmware update? oh and btw, the initial 2 week period after original purchase date is over haha (guess that means refurb'd replacement for me?).

    thanks for any help!!
     
  15. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

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    I guess there are some people among us that have a lot of free time to continuously visit Apple store for exchange.
     
  16. Mr. Giver '94 macrumors 68000

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    I'm on my 7th iPhone 3G since July 11th and it is finally perfect. Took a while to get one that was defect free.
     
  17. Mr. Giver '94 macrumors 68000

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    Yep :)
     
  18. MacGeekDC macrumors 6502

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    iPhone

    I disagree, if buy something new and expensive you expect that it will be brand new and not be damaged before you have even touched it.
     
  19. Ride9650 macrumors 6502

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    exactly. especially from apple.
    Apple is surprisingly the only company I've ever had trouble with in regards to QA. Their stuff kicks butt but gosh, there are too many little things that slip by. Thank goodness for a fairly lenient exchange policy.
     
  20. Lightbrazer macrumors member

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    You know the really really funny thing is that people always quote the "you wouldn't buy a car with cosmetic defects inside and out would you" which is funny as hell because YES YES YOU WOULD AND DO. I used to work for Ford, did you know that we averaged NO car left the lot with less than 80 defects? If you bothered to go over your cars like you're going over your iphones (cars which you pay THOUSANDS MORE for) you would notice TONS of "defects" on these far more expensive purchases. Check out the hub caps, you'll see scratches. Go UNDER the car with a magnifying lens and bright light, scratches everywhere. Open the engine and look around, especially at the ends of the wires where the wrapping won't be fully connected on every wire there. Open the door sit down take out the magnifying glass and start counting the stitches, you think they're all there? HA. Like one of the other posters said, if there's genuine issues, dead pixels, non functional/falling off buttons, screen not responding, by all means take it back. But if you think you pay $200 and demand a phone with an almost non noticeable scratch on the back of a mute button then get a life. Your purchase is not and should not be that perfect or you'd pay as much as a car for the phone and if you wanted a perfect car, it may not even be possible given the number of parts.
     
  21. Rat-Boy macrumors 65816

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    Look.

    I am not saying one SHOULD take it back for a small scratch on a button.

    The only reason I posted here is because I am tired of reading posts that make it sound like we don't have the right or shouldn't take it back just for a small scratch on a button.

    I paid full price for my phone. $400.

    If I want to take it back for light in the back or a scratch, then I shouldn't be disparaged for it.

    (Of course, I wouldn't due to the horror stories about people taking them back and getting even worse phones the 2nd time, but that is a different story all together.)
     
  22. RTiii320 macrumors 6502a

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    Well your a bitter little fella aren't ya? Maybe you should lighten up, if your so tired of these jokes then maybe your spending a little too much time on this here mac-rumor forum.;)
     
  23. slate1 macrumors regular

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    Reason #512 why I'll never buy another Ford... :D
     
  24. RTiii320 macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed, I got my white 3g and i had what looked like a small black dot from a permanent marker, was kind of upset but what would the apple rep said if i told him i wanted another because of the little mark! i figured if thats the only defect with this phone then i probably got a good one :p
     
  25. jcapz macrumors member

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    mini crack looking marks on the bottom?

    Question...has anyone noticed any minor hairline cracks on the bottom of the phone where the chrome meets the very thin plastic by the charger area? I have no other defects but that and its not like I can see it from just looking at it quickly but noticed it when the sun hit that area and got a little scared that these hairline looking cracks may turn into more major cracks.
     

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